Search Results: "Berkeley Breathed"


BOOK REVIEW

A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK by Berkeley Breathed
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

The creator of the popular Bloom County comic strip takes up the well-worn theme of an animal who helps Santa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BILL THE CAT STORY by Berkeley Breathed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As Bill the Cat would say, 'Ack.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
An all-new Bill the Cat origin story helps relaunch Bloom County. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETE & PICKLES by Berkeley Breathed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"08), this clash of personalities is enhanced in the art by an extreme size differential, and the result is a comically silly, warmly affirmative package. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Out the window goes Pete the pig's perfectly predictable routine one stormy night when Pickles, a free-spirited fugitive circus elephant, comes crashing in. Read full book review >

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MARS NEEDS MOMS! by Berkeley Breathed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

In a typically frenetic outing, the creator of the "Bloom County" and "Outland" comic strips pays tribute to motherhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED RANGER CAME CALLING by Berkeley Breathed
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"If the final plot twist hinges on a bad pun, all is forgiven after the last surprise picture. (Picture book. All ages)"
Breathed, creator of the popular ``Bloom County'' comic strip, writes of the transformation of a sour-faced little boy (Breathed's father) during the Depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Clearly growing out of, but not a simple expansion of, the 2003 picture book of the same name, these pups' tale carries the same message of caring and concern and will likely worm its way into the hearts of readers able to persist through the problems and pain. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Breathed's fans won't be surprised by the dark tone of this outlandish tale, but readers expecting a heartwarming pet story may be taken aback by the difficulties that face Sam, the canine hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERKELEY AT WAR by W.J. Rorabaugh
Released: April 13, 1989

Taking the events that shook U Cal at Berkeley and the city itself during the 1960's as a paradigm, Rorabaugh (The Craft Apprentice, 1985) manages in this evocative and smoothly written work to comment on the major national concerns of the period. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAP THAT BREATHED by Melanie Gideon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The author leaves plenty of room for sequels, and repeat visits to Greenwater will be welcome—preferably without all the contrivance and excess thematic baggage. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A hodgepodge tale of parallel worlds and travelers between them features children with hidden pasts and abilities, a soul-sucking monster, inscrutable alien devices from who-knows-where, a plot laced with coincidences—and signs of a lively authorial imagination that can't keep this overstuffed debut afloat, but bodes well for future work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERKELEY IN 90 MINUTES by Paul Strathern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2000

"Presumably intended for college students who can't be bothered to read primary sources, Strathern's quixotic portrait isn't likely to improve their grades—although it will certainly provide a laugh or two."
The very first sentence of this whimsical introduction to Irish philosopher Berkeley (1685-1753) gives away the game: Strathern (Foucault in 90 Minutes, see below) declares that Berkeley's work is "ludicrous" and "gives philosophy a bad name." Read full book review >

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WHEN OWEN’S MOM BREATHED FIRE by Pija Lindenbaum
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Some moms will understand perfectly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Owen has a thing for dragons, arranging a tableau of them around his morning oatmeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITERATURE CLASS, BERKELEY 1980 by Julio Cortázar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 28, 2017

"It's great to have these insights from the author himself about his writings, but it's a bumpy ride for all but a small, scholarly audience."
A collection about the art of fiction. Read full book review >